And certainly, historically, when monarchy was the dominant form of government around the world, they were no better at things like venality, corruption and warmongering than democratically elected governments are today.
But I genuinely do not understand the obsession that many people have with a) doing away with the monarchy and b) the idea that the royal family are a bunch of indolent layabouts.
As to the former, what would getting rid of the monarchy achieve? Given the corrupt, venal, warmongering, bubble-inhabiting FUCKS of all parties who would be setting up our new political establishment if we sacked the royals, what the hell does anyone think we're going to get to replace it? Something better?
As to the latter, I'm quite sure that there are possibly a large number of minor royals who are indolent fucks who sponge off their family. Like this doesn't happen anywhere else. But to have a go at the Queen for not working to me seems incredibly petty:
The Queen serves an important role in reminding us that no matter how much we achieve, there's always someone who got more by doing less-- cyriakharris
Now, a quick glance here will show that most days, the queen has to drag herself out of bed and travel to exciting places like Nottingham and Corby to attend tiresome functions that would have most of us screaming within 20 minutes. She has to endure looking at schools and old age homes and community centres and appear to be interested. She has to nibble on mass catering day in and day out. She has to endure speeches about how wonderful she is for the whole year this year.
Tell me if that doesn't sound like your idea of hell. Tell me if there is any amount of money in the world that would get you to exchange the relative freedom of your life for a life where your every move is planned out years in advance, where if you farted publicly, it would make the front page of the papers.
And that's just the functions that the Queen attends. This is a typical day in the life of the Queen:
The Queen's working day begins like many people's - at her desk.
After scanning the daily British newspapers, The Queen reviews her correspondence.
Every day, 200-300 (and sometimes many more) letters from the public arrive. The Queen chooses a selection to read herself and tells members of her staff how she would like them to be answered.
This enables Her Majesty personally to see a typical cross-section of her daily correspondence. Virtually every letter is answered by staff in her Private Secretary's office or by a lady-in-waiting.
The Queen will then see, separately, two of her Private Secretaries with the daily quota of official papers and documents. This process takes upwards of an hour.
Every day of every year, wherever she is, The Queen receives from government ministers, and from her representatives in the Commonwealth and foreign countries, information in the form of policy papers, Cabinet documents, telegrams, letters and other State papers.
These are sent up to her by the Private Secretaries in the famous 'red boxes'. All of these papers have to be read and, where necessary, approved and signed.
A series of official meetings or 'audiences' will often follow. The Queen will see a number of important people.
These include overseas ambassadors and high commissioners, newly appointed British ambassadors, senior members of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces on their appointment and retirement, and English bishops and judges on their appointment.
Each meeting usually lasts 10 to 20 minutes, and usually The Queen and her visitor meet alone.
The Queen may also meet a number of people who have won prizes or awards in a variety of fields such as literature or science, to present them individually with their prize.
If there is an Investiture - a ceremony for the presentation of honours and decorations - it begins at 11.00am and lasts just over an hour. The Queen usually meets around 100 people at each Investiture to present Orders, decorations and medals.
The Queen will often lunch privately. Every few months, she and The Duke of Edinburgh will invite a dozen guests from a wide variety of backgrounds to an informal lunch. Occasionally, the guest list may consist of far fewer people, such as a newly appointed or retiring Governor-General and their guest.
If The Queen is spending the morning on engagements away from her desk and other commitments, she will visit up to three venues before lunch, either alone or jointly with The Duke of Edinburgh.
On a regional visit, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh lunch with a wide variety of people in places ranging from town halls to hospitals.
In the afternoons, The Queen often goes out on public engagements.
Such visits require meticulous planning beforehand to meet the hosts' requirements.
And The Queen prepares for each visit by briefing herself on whom she will be meeting and what she will be seeing and doing.
Royal engagements are carefully selected by The Queen from a large number of invitations sent to her each year, often by the Lord-Lieutenants (The Queen's representatives in counties throughout the United Kingdom).
This helps to ensure the widest possible spread and to make effective use of The Queen's time.
If the engagement is outside London, her journeys are often by air using a helicopter or an RAF aircraft.
The Queen carries out around 430 engagements (including audiences) a year, to meet people, open events and buildings, unveil plaques and make speeches.
Such engagements can include visits to schools, hospitals, factories, military units, art galleries, sheltered accommodation for elderly people, hostels for the homeless, local community schemes in inner city areas, and other British and Commonwealth organisations.
The Queen regularly goes out for the whole day to a particular region or city. If the visit is a busy one, or if it lasts more than a day, then The Queen will travel overnight on the Royal Train.
The Duke of Edinburgh will often accompany The Queen on such visits; when this happens, they will carry out some engagements jointly and others separately to ensure that the maximum number of people and organisations can be visited.
The Queen may end the afternoon seeing a number of Government ministers in a meeting of the Privy Council.
The Queen's working day does not stop at the end of the afternoon.
Early evening may see a meeting with the Prime Minister. The Queen has a weekly meeting alone with the Prime Minister, when they are both in London (in addition to other meetings throughout the year).
This usually takes place on Wednesdays at 6.30 pm. No written record is made of such meetings; neither The Queen nor the Prime Minister talk about what is discussed between them, as communications between The Queen and the Prime Minister always remains confidential.
At about 7.30 pm a report of the day's parliamentary proceedings, written by one of the Government's Whips, arrives. The Queen always reads this the same evening.
On some evenings, The Queen may attend a film première, a variety of concert performances in aid of a charitable cause, or a reception linked to organisations of which she is Patron.
The Queen also regularly hosts official receptions at Buckingham Palace (usually with other members of the Royal Family), such as those for the Diplomatic Corps and The Queen's Award for Industry.
Her Majesty may also hold receptions ahead of overseas visits. In 2007, prior to attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a reception at Buckingham Palace for Commonwealth Africans living and working in the United Kingdom.
Other receptions mark the work of particular groups in the community, such as those recently given for members of the British design and music worlds.
The Queen has numerous private interests, which can coincide with her public work, to complete her working day.
Her Majesty also attends the Derby and the Summer Race Meeting at Ascot, a Royal occasion. As a keen owner and breeder of racehorses, she often sees her horses run at other meetings.
As owner of private estates at Balmoral and Sandringham, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh oversee the management of the estates which are run on a commercial basis. She takes a close interest in all aspects of estate life, particularly in the tenant farmers and employees who live and work on the estates.
Through her public and private work, The Queen is well-briefed and well-known. She has met many more people from all walks of life both in this country and overseas than her predecessors.
This takes time and effort. Often, one of the last lights on in the Palace at night is The Queen finishing her 'red box' of official papers.
Now, even assuming that not every single one of those things happens every single day, that hardly sounds like a life of indolent luxury, does it? Yes, the queen might have a lot of money that you could argue was stolen from our ancestors in the same way that Gideon and Ed Balls and Gordy McSnot steal from us today, but to argue that the Queen does not work hard is fatuous and more importantly, completely wrong.
The difference between the Queen and an elected thief is that sooner or later, the elected thief escapes to spend more time with his money. The Queen may be buried one day from a gold-plated carriage, but has she really enjoyed the benefits of "her" money? Is she unjustly rewarded because of an accident of birth, or is she an unjust prisoner because of an accident of birth?
I know which one I'd go with.